Joe chose a small area, between the creek and the main prairie, for Saturday's work site. It had a lot of honeysuckle, blocking prescribed fire from moving father north.
Doug with the brush-cutter, Neal with the chainsaw, the rest of us with hand tools, we cut and dragged and burned, removing all the undesirables within the area. Quite a productive morning for our smallish crew.
Palos Park Library Walk Saturday September 24
This was our first fall walk with Palos Park Library, and we did it at Spears Woods, walking the loop from the parking lot to Boomerang Slough, then to Old Country Lane. It's a tour that has it all, woodland, wetlands, and prairie, in the space of a couple miles. The library patrons are always fun to walk with - next time out will be October 22 at Cranberry Slough.
It also instills a deeper appreciation for all the parties involved in restoration. As we passed different sites I could say "Two years ago this was honeysuckle hell, then contractors came in with brush mowers", or "Conservation Corps cleared all along this ravine", or "here we had volunteers cutting and burning".
It truly does take a village, a web of partnerships that support and sustain one another.
Swallow Cliff Woods South Sunday September 25
Our Lady of the Woods sent another group to Swallow Cliff, and they were as energetic and fun as those who came last March. We're starting work in a new section this fall, so our first steps off the trail were a plunge into head-high goldenrod bordering the wall of brush we're targeting.
We did very well, burning two brush piles and clearing a nice-sized section that was quite thick with honeysuckle. I returned the next day and was impressed. Thank you Our Lady of the Woods, thank you Leah and Emilie and the rest of Sunday's team.